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Beware! Increased pests this summer

With increasing temperatures, we predict an increased number of mosquitoes, snakes and spiders 

When we think of Summer, we think of BBQ's, beaches and just enjoying the long days in the sun. But there are some disadvantages that come with the onset of warm weather that include the annoying blood-sucking mosquitoes, slithery serpents and eight-legged critters. Stepping into the warmest months of the year, we predict a concerning rise and increased activity from pests such as mosquitoes, snakes and spiders. With wet and humid weather and the La Niña, the perfect breeding ground has been created for mosquitoes, and with the uplift in temperature and plentiful food sources, snakes and spiders have also become more active.

Tips to keep mozzies at bay this summer

Due to the wet weather conditions, we have predicted an increase in mosquito numbers this summer. Below are some tips that can help you reduce numbers in your home and yard.

1. Tidy up the yard - Mosquitoes lay their eggs in stagnant water, so check and empty any extra water around your property such as saucers under flower pots and stagnant ponds and keep pet bowls and birdbath water fresh.
2. Blow them away - Outdoor fans can be an effective deterrent as mosquitoes are weak flyers and cannot withstand strong breezes.
3. Repel mosquitoes naturally - There are many scented plants such as basil, 1lemon balm, peppermint, lavender, marigold, rosemary and eucalyptus that are said to deter these pesky insects. Plant them around your outdoor seating areas and reap their benefits.
4. Burn candles and coils - Citronella candles are a proven mosquito deterrent and offer a divine scent and add ambience to your outdoor entertaining space. You can also burn sandalwood sticks, which have a beautiful scent. Burning mosquito coils is another effective way to banish mozzies.
5. Block them out - Patio blinds are a great solution to help create a space to relax without the irritation of insects. Putting in fly screens in windows or screening in the patio would also help keep mosquitoes out.
6. Call in the professionals - If you’re still not happy with the number of mosquitos in your garden, it may be time to call in the professionals to help you with your problem.

Snake and Spider emergency first aid

Now we know how to protect our homes from mosquitoes, we need to ensure we know what to do in case of emergencies when it comes to snakes and spiders.

Australia has the most venomous snakes and spiders on the planet. Although snake and spider bites are rare, it is important to know how to deal with them quickly using first aid before proper treatment can be administered.

Snake bites

Snake season usually peaks in late December and January. The most important thing to know in a situation like this is how to perform the correct first aid. This can make a significant difference in treatment and outcomes. If someone is bitten you should:

  • Seek immediate medical attention immediately, even for a suspected bite.
  • If someone has collapsed following a snake bite, start CPR immediately, this can be lifesaving.
  • Keep them still and apply a pressure immobilisation bandage. Tight tourniquets should not be applied,
  • The bite site should not be washed, cut or sucked.

Symptoms from a venomous bite can include nausea, vomiting and a headache, however, first aid should be applied regardless of whether these symptoms are present.

Spider bites:

Most spider bites are harmless. However, if a person has been bitten by a big black spider or funnel web, it is a medical emergency. If someone is bitten you should:

  • Keep them still and call an ambulance
  • Apply a pressure immobilisation bandage, with a further bandage to the entire limb.

A bite from a funnel-web can cause severe pain, sweating, vomiting, difficulty breathing and muscle twitching and a redback spider bite may result in pain and redness, but it is not considered life-threatening so does not require bandaging.

Worried about pests in your home or business?

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